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The Wonderful World of Les Baxter, through is daughter's eyes

[4.26.24] There are few people in the world of Tiki that have such a profound impact on the asthetic as Les Baxter.  Baxter literally wrote the songbook of Exotica.  Martin Denny's breakout hit "Quiet Village" was actually a Les Baxter composition.  In fact, many many Denny tracks were penned by Les Baxter.  Other Exotica artists also performed their versions of Les' music, which help to seal Les' music in the pantheon of classic Exotica.
Les' daughter, Leslie Baxter, drops in for a long chat about growing in the Wonder World of Les Baxter.  I am confident that you will get as much new information and enjoyment out of hearing the stories about being babysat but the Beatles, being tucked in by Judy Garland and skinny dipping with Jamie Lee Curtis, and all the exotic locales she and her father traveled to.  This is a 2 part episode.  So mix up a mai tai, we're going on a trip inside the Wonderful World of Les Baxter.  Listen here

Exotica Moderne Magazine feature

The February 2024 issue of Exotica Moderne magazine has a rather large feature interview with me.  I'm so excited and that photo is hilarious.  I want to send a big thank you to my friend and author Jeff Chenault for writing this article and interviewing me for it.  I also want to thank Ken and the staff at Exotica Moderne for putting me in.  This magazine sells out fast so if you want one, get a copy now here:  EXOTICA MODERNE MAGAZINE WEB SITE. 
Also be sure to check out my ad in the "Moving in Stereo" section.

If you are here because you've already seen the article and are looking for the "Lahaina Sunset" album, CLICK HERE.

"Lahaina Sunset" album now available on all major digital music & streaming services WORLDWIDE

[12.5.23]  You've been asking for it, now you can listen to "Lahaina Sunset" anywhere on the go.  The album is now available on all major streaming services and digital purchase services including Bandcamp.  Enjoy!
a few helpful link:  Bandcamp | Spotify | Apple Music | Amazon Music | also available on many more services.  check yours. .

New Single Now Available

[9.5.23]  Not long ago I interviewed Ron Farrell (Episode 128).  Ron was a consultant for a new bar in Ventura County called the House of Bamboo.  He had commissioned one of his good friends' band, in Hawaii, to produce a rendition of the classic song "House of Bamboo".  For some reason, this prompted me to want to try my hand at an Exotica version.  Well, true to my word, I did it.  And this is the result.  On 9/4/23, I released the single for my version of House of Bamboo.  So far it has got a really positive reception.  You too can listen to it and even purchase it as a digital download on ALL major streaming and digital purchase platforms out there.   Below are the links to just some of them.
Mahalo and enjoy!.
BandcampYouTube | Spotify | Apple Music | Pandora | Deezer

Quiet Village Donates to Maui Fire Efforts

Thanks to all of you who purchased "Lahaina Sunset" during August, the Quiet Village was able to donate a sizable amount to the Red Cross's Maui Fires efforts. This donation will go to help with food and shelter and other necessities for those who lost so much. It is humbling to have the community come together to help others. The Quiet Village is truly a village of beautiful hearts.

Episode 128 feat. interview with Ron Ferrell

There are so many Tiki stories out there.  I have said it many times that collecting vintage Tiki is like looking through a key hole to a giant warehouse.  Tiki was huge in America's mid-century years--and I mean HUGE!.  Ron and I have known each other for years and I'm so honored to have him on the show for this episode.  Listen as he tell wonderful stories about lost Ventura county Tiki temples as well as Tiki in the movies. Also listen as we slowly get trashed on Drifter's Reef cocktails-Ron's own custom cocktail for his back yard paradise, the Rincon Room.
Listen Now.

Help for our Ohana in Lahaina!

As many of you doubtless already know, the beautiful and history area of Old Lahaina, on Maui has been decimated by a wildfire. That little piece of paradise means so much to me. It was my muse. I am devastated to see the news coming out of Lahaina. I want to help out any way I can. You can help too. 60 mile-per-hour winds whipping from the mountains down to the sea fanning a wildfire that is still burning and is believed that most of Old Lahaina's historic buildings have been destroyed.  But more than the buildings are the lives.  People have lost their homes, livelihoods and tragically, some lost their lives. 

As of right now through August 31st, 100% of the profit from the sale of the LPs or digital flash drives of my album "Lahaina Sunset" will go directly to the Red Cross' efforts to help the citizens of Lahaina.   Also, you can donate to the Red Cross' relief effort directly with the link here.  

Quiet Village Gift Shop is Exclusive Seller of Ernie Menehune CD reissues

I am very proud to announce that the Quiet Village (DigiTiki Productions) is now the exclusive reseller of Ernie Menehune CD reissues from Luna Archival Recordings.  I have talked many times about the wonderful CD reissues of Ernie Menehune's albums on several episodes.  This batch of 3 Ernie albums are the last LP's in his discography to be released. All other titles have been reissued and are now out of print.   If you want to get your hands on one of these rarities, you can get them now in the QUIET VILLAGE GIFT SHOP while they last.  Each album has been painstakingly created from the original master tapes, so sound quality is first rate. 
These ARE NOT LP rips.

new exotica by your host

"Lahaina Sunset" album available now in the Gift Shop

I've played Exotica and Hawaiian music for years on the show and I've worked with Alika Lyman, Tiki Joe's Ocean and others as a side man.  Now, I present for your enjoyment "Lahaina Sunset"--a new album of  original compositions in the spirit of Arthur Lyman and Gene Rains.

The songs on this album were inspired by my first trip to Old Lahaina on Maui.  This album reflects the relaxed, exotic feel of a place that I found to be pure magic.  The songs also reflect the Japanese heritage of Old Lahaina's past as a fishing village. AVAILABLE IN THE GIFT SHOP
Sample Audio:

Hear some of the full tracks from the album on the Quiet Village Podcast, episode 123 here.

Album also available in custom bamboo digital USB drive

All new digital album format beats CD's by a mile--saves an extra step of having to rip the CD for your phone and computer AND provides 6+ gigabytes of additional material not available on the LP (Equal to 10 CD's worth of data).  Comes in a custom laser etched carbonized bamboo gift box and matching bamboo USB flash drive--fully compatible with computers, phones, and any digital devices that use USB connectivity--even newer car's infotainment systems.  The contents include:
> 2 bonus tracks not available on the LP.
> 3 versions of the album (LP sides 1 & 2 as single files each; individual tracks +bonus songs with jungle effects AND all individual tracks + bonus songs WITHOUT jungle effects.
> All audio files come in three formats (Apple Lossless, FLAC Lossless and hi res MP3) from 24bit high res master files (higher quality than traditional compact disc).
> 2 music videos in 1080p high def, stereo.
> 2 "Making of" video interviews with me (1080p high def, stereo).
> high res album artwork and CD templates for printing and liner notes
> smart phone wallpapers

Hear some of the tracks from the album on the Quiet Village Podcast, episode 123 here.

The Quiet Village Podcast is now available on Amazon Podcasts

[4.7.23] The Quiet Village Podcast can now be accessed via Amazon Podcasts.  Now you can tell your Echo device "Alexa, play the Quiet Village Podcast" and she will comply.  Enjoy!

The Quiet Village Podcast is now available on Spotify

[12.03.22] For those of you who are subscribed to the Spotify app, you can now access all 118+ episodes of the Quiet Village Podcast.  The direct link to the show is right here: https://open.spotify.com/show/4HfoH4I4PKEN65mROAVV1c
Mahalo to all the devoted listeners.  If you are a Spotify subscriber, please follow us on Spotify so we can get noticed and, in turn, get discovered by even more people!

Trader Vic's, London set to close on Dec 31, 2022

[12.02.22] I have read that Trader Vic's in London is the oldest continually operational Trader Vic's restaurant in the world.  That's a big statement.  There are beautiful Trader Vic's restaurants all around the world.  Sadly, many have closed in the United States--including some of the most iconic locations from days gone by.  Now, the London location is on the chopping block.  Word is the London Hilton recently served notice to the management that they had to vacate the location they have occupied for 60+ years with only 30 days notice.  Several news articles site the Hilton's desire to renovate the hotel--a legit reason to close up many shops in the venerable location, but the decision to undertake what will be a massively expensive remodel was not decided at the end of November, 2022.  My own personal take is that I don't understand why such short notice was given.  The more pressing issue is the uncertainty if the Trader will be reopened--either in the same remodeled location or in a new London hangout.  I hope they do reopen.  If not, you blokes in the neighborhood had better order up your mai tais.

One personal suggestion for Londoners is to have a massive showing on their last of everyone dressed as Werewolves (of London).  Wow, what a phenomenal photo that would be!!!
--> News article re: Trader Vic's London closing

Quiet Village Podcast episode #118 Now Available
Hawaii Calls Rare Japanese CD Reissues

Aloha Quiet Villagers!  I know its been a little while since the last episode but rest assured, its because I'm planning new episodes all the time.  This new episode features some uber-rare Japanese CD reissues of classic Hawaii Calls LPs from the 50's and 60's.  So lay back in your hammock for some of the most relaxing Island music of all time as we explore Hawaii Calls.
Episode link.

Tiki Central's Hanford Lemoore visits the Quiet Village

[3.16.22--updated 4.23.22] Tiki has exploded in popularity in recent years.  Many of you reading this probably came to Tiki in the age of Facebook . But, in the before time, before Mark Zuckerberg had graduated from high school, there was Tiki Central.  TC was the single largest digital meeting place for all Tiki lovers.  Everyone was there.  Everything was posted there.  Every scrap of by-gone ephemera --paper, ceramics, lamps, carvings, you name it, was discussed, examined and sometimes, over argued about within its green digital walls.  People formed friendships that sometimes transformed into physical meeting and long lasting personal friendships.  For me, Tiki Central was all those things.  It was also the single most comprehensive place to study, research and see Tiki related things from long ago.  TC fell victim to the exploding popularity of Facebook.  I watched many--including myself I'm sad to say--who slowly stopped posting on TC and started logging into Facebook.  But Facebook's format, easy as it was to connect to people, was not set up to be a searchable depository and archive for the archeology that every day people were doing. Yes archeology.  There were photos posted and details of disparate pieces of the mid-century Tiki world that would have never seen the lights of day otherwise.  

When Tiki Central shut down a few years back, it was a blow to the Tiki community.  We don't appreciate something until we lose it.  But the proprietor of the original TC incarnation--a fellow known to us all as Hanford Lemoore, has done the hard work to update the Tiki Central message board for us all.  As of 3/15/22, the announcement that Tiki Central 2.0 is now live online in Beta form.  With more programming yet to do, the full version of Tiki Central is on its way in the near future.  If you have never experienced TC, I highly suggest you take a look at what was THE tiki hot spot in the before time.  So much is there, it's possible to fall down a bamboo-lined rabbit hole with gusto.   Welcome back Tiki Central.  You were missed.

As of 4/23/22 Tiki Central.com is now officially open to all.   Hanford Lemoore, the proprietor of Tiki Central, visits the Quiet Village in episode 114 to talk about how it all got started, the decline and the come back of Tiki Central on the internet.  You won't want to miss this one  LISTEN TO EPISODE 114 NOW

Tiki Central.com

The Quiet Village Podcast
Episode 113 now available.

[3.4.22] This episode takes a look at some of the ultra rare Hawaiian LP reissues on CD in Japan.  Some of these are harder to find than hen's teeth.  I just managed to get my hands on a few that I've been looking for for quiet some time now.  Enjoy.
The epsiode

The Quiet Village Podcast, episode 111
"Easy Listening Goes Hawaiian, Vol. 1"

Easy listening artist's musical trips to the Islands. Feat. Lawrence Welk, Mantovani, Henry Mancini, Ray Conniff, Jackie Gleason and more.
Listen Now.

Quiet Village 100th Episode Commemorative Shot Mug

I cannot thank you all enough who ordered a 100th Episode Commemorative Coconut Shot Mug!  They are  sold out.  Those of you who have not got yours yet, hang on.  Eric October os feverishly sculpting each one individually for you.  .  Thank you all for ordering and helping to support the podcast.  100% of the profit from these mugs is going to keep the servers humming for both the podcast and Quiet Village Radio!  So MAHALO!

Episode 104 & 105: Restaurant Records

[8.21.21] I have wanted to do this show for a long long time and finally, here it is.  Restaurant records and live albums.  There are tons of live rock and jazz albums out there. But live Tiki albums are a rare thing.  Add to that mix, restaurant records.  These are exceptionally rare albums, many of which were sold only at the restaurant itself.  Some are live recordings, some are studio recordings that promote both the house band and the restaurant itself.  Definitely a lot genre today.
This show will be a 2 parter.  Enjoy as we put on our best jackets and head uptown and go out to dinner.
Episode 104 listen.

Quiet Village 100th Episode L.E. Mugs are ALMOST GONE!

[08.09.21] As of 8/9/21 there are less than 10 slots for orders of the customized 100th Episode Commemorative mugs.  These are sculpted each by hand by artist Eric October.  Order at the gift shop now before they are gone!

Captain Lush's Grog recipe - Created by Hamo

A wonderful listener named Hamo created a tasty cocktail just for the Quiet Village.  It is the "Captain Lush's Grog".  Mix'em Up, Suck'em Up!
1 oz gold Jamaican rum
1 oz Demerara rum
1/2 oz overproof white Jamaican rum
1 oz lime juice
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz orange juice
1 oz white grapefruit juice
1/2 oz cinnamon syrup
1/2 oz passion fruit syrup
1/4 oz orgeat syrup
1/4 oz grenadine
1 dash Angostura bitters
1/2 oz 151-proof Demerara rum (float)

Blend with crushed ice and pour unstrained into a Marty Lush double old-fashioned glass. Float 151-proof rum, and garnish with an inverted paper umbrella, lime shell, and flaming sugar cube.

100th Episode & Shot Mug

[4.4.21]  Its hard to believe that the 100th episode is here.  Its been a long road.  But we're here.  Now you can hear the 100th episode right now-- which features a special rare interview with Martin Denny!

But wait! There's more--as they say on those TV info-mercials.  No we don't have Ginsu knives.  But we do have an amazing small coconut shot ceramic mug by none-other than our resident artist Eric October.  You can get your's now and celebrate with the Quiet Village!  Each mini mug is hand crafted by Eric.  And as a bonus, you can get your mug customized with your name or tiki handle on it before its hand glazed and kiln fired.  100 mugs will be made that can be customized.  Go to the Quiet Village Gift Shop now to pre-order your mug.  Because each mug is hand produced, I am expecting the first finished mugs to ship around early-mid May.  You will be notified when your mug ships via email.  Happy 100th!

Episode 99: Tim "Swanky" Glazner talks about the Mai-Kai

[3.5.21]   The Mai-Kai is still closed--Not because of COVID (although that is a factor), but because of the water damage.  It seemed fitting to invite Swanky (Tim Glazner) on the show to talk about the beloved Tiki Temble in Ft. Lauderdale.  We talk about his amazing book about the history of the place and the people known as the Mai-Kai.  We learn more details about the damage and what it will take to get the doors open again.  Tim also discloses his lates project: a biography book and movie about the life of Don the Beachcomber.  Don't miss this one.  Listen now.

The music of Episode 98

I get emails from listeners all the time and I have to say its like opening a Christmas present when I see a new message from a listener to the radio station or the podcast.  Thank you all.  Sometimes, I get recommendations for music and links to reissues of older records that have been digitally reissued.   Such is the case with Bob & Wendy Cripe.  Bob is regularly sending me links to music--not just Exotica, but music of all types.  So I thought I'd invite him and his lovely wife Wendy on the show to present the tunes they have turned me on to.  Bob has created a wonderful Spotify playlist.  Here is the link.  Enjoy.  Check out the episode, now available.

The Mai-Kai is for sale.  Sign the Petition to Protect it.

[1.28.21]  Yes your read that right.  The Mai-Kai, a tiki institution housed in Ft Lauderdale, Florida is up for sale.  At least that's the news.  The roof water damage is more extensive and costly that first estimated. So the family owning the historic Tiki temple has put the restaurant fully or partially for sale.   The best case scenario would be for someone to buy into the Mai-Kai as a partner or angel in this case and provide the funds needed to complete repairs and reopen the doors.  The worst case scenario would be total sale, which would leave the restaurant's future in doubt.  
A petition to the city council where the Mai-Kai lives has been started.  As of this writing the petition has made the 5,000 signature threshold.  But it certainly wouldn't' hurt to see much more signatures that are required.  So here is the link to the online petition.  Do you Tiki civic duty.

Radio Stream - Important Info

UPDATE [1.15.21]  As of right now the web player on this site is fully functioning.  Until the other web services like TuneIn and vTune, Radio.net, etc update their directories, you can tune in here on the Quiet Village Radio page.

[1.14.21]  My apologies to everyone on this:  The radio server is going down for a short time.  My server host is making some big changes.  Recently the URL (web address) for the radio station changed and all seemed good. But now the stream is about to change addresses again.  Yes, I know.  I'm sorry.  This one is beyond my control.  

So if your Quiet Village Radio stream has gone down, it is because of this.  I am working as fast as I can to get all the server aggregates updated with the new URL.

Mai-Kai Down, Kowloon Out.

[01.08.21]  In these unprecedented times of bad news stories piling on us faster than we can digest, there is more in the Tiki world.  Recently it was reported that the Mai-Kai, a true national treasure of a tiki temple in Florida, had an unfortunate and rather catastrophic roof cave in due to water damage.  The official announcement from the restaurant management stated that the restaurant is now closed "until further notice".  In news reports and press releases, it was carefully worded to make sure people understood this closure was temporary. But due to the extensive damage, thus the cost of repairs dictated a long closure that they could not put a reopen date on it yet.  This is sad news but the Mai-Kai will go on.  We must all keep in mind that the Mai-Kai is an old building by many standards.  It is in a part of the country that is plagued by excessive moisture and deadly weather (hurricanes) on an annual basis.  Upkeep is very high.  It was only a few years back that I was sitting in the dinning room of the Mai-Kai with the knowledge that the restaurant was definitely closing.  As I sat there with revelers from that year's Hukilau event, the announcement was made that the restaurant will stay open--the crowd cheered on their feet.  The Mai-Kai narrowly dodged a bullet.  And this time as well, tt will reopen.   In the meantime, some on social media have started GoFundMe campaigns to help.  The Mai-Kai quickly asked that they stop as their insurance claims might be affected by the knowledge that the restaurant was receiving outside money for repairs.  But some have shifted to funding campaigns to help the staff who are displaced by the closure.  Stay tuned.  More will be coming in.

Kowloon restaurant resides in Saugus, Massachusetts, not a part of the country that is typically associated with balmy tropical nights.  When it opened in 1958, it was at the head of a coming wave of Polynesian themed eateries and watering holes that were about to sweep the United States.  It has been operating rather busily since.  Now, news has just been released that the Kowloon will definitely face the wrecking ball.  Yes, you read that right.  Yet another old-school Tiki temple's flame is about to be extinguished to literally  be paved over by new "mixed use" developments.  Time marches on and sometimes it tramps all over our pop-culture history.  This was also the exact same sad fate of the historical (in my humble opinion) Don the Beachcomber/Sam's Seafood restaurant/building in Seal Beach, CA--a Tiki paradise that stood since the days of prohibition was unceremoniously shuttered to make room for...hold your hat...for condos! 

These recent news bits raise the question in my mind as they have come up time and time again: how old is old enough to be preserved?  It seems that in the United States, we (as a society) tend to think of something that is 100+ years old to be worthy of seriously considering public conservation of architecture.  The only exception is a rare building by a noted architect--and those instances are exceedingly rare.  I ask the question rhetorically, just to put it out into the cosmos: "Why is our American Mid-Century Pop Culture history repeatedly less worthy of being saved than some other locales"?  The Mai-Kai in particular should be on the National Register of Historic Places.  Period.  Full Stop.  

Mai-Kai Restaurant official web page  ||  Article about Mai-Kai Closure 2020  ||  Kowloon's Official Web Page || Kowloon News Article from Boston Globe

NOW AVAILABLE: Tiki Joe's Ocean Christmas albums-Remastered

[12.07.20] By popular demand, both of Tiki Joe's Ocean's Christmas albums are now available for digital download purchase directly through TJO's web site. 

Both albums have been remastered for optimal clarity by yours truly.   When you purchase the Christmas albums downloads, you get BOTH hi resolution MP3s and Apple Lossless format (M4A) for the best sound quality.

To purchase, click her to go to the TJO store page.

Welcome to the New Quiet Village !

[7.1.20] It is hard to beleive that back in 2008, the first Quiet Village Podcast episode debuted. I have to be honest, I never invisioned the show lasting this long. I am humbled by the response from listeners and the show's audience has grown to well over 20,000--all by word of mouth.

Nostalgia is cool, but sometimes its just time to do a little renovation. So I give you the new DigiTiki.com web site design. Its a bit different, but still familair. This site is now more friendly for those viewing on smart devices.

So Mahalo! to all the listeners and Mahalo for visiting the site!

Tiki Joe's Ocean Albums Remastered

[7.1.20] One of our very good friends Andy Nazzal, the founder and creative force behind Tiki Joe's Ocean has just begun releasing his collection of albums on all major digital sales and online streaming services. All of the music has been meticulously remastered in 24-bit digital clarity. In Andy's own words; "These sounds better than the initial releases!"  The first two albums "The Exoticaing Waves" and "Under the Midnight Sun" (which won a Hawaiian Music Award for Best Exotica album the year of its release) are now available on most streaming services.  "Soul of the Sea" the third TJO album, will be reissued soon.

Until now, if you wanted to listen to TJO music, you had to order the CD directly or catch a track on Quiet Village Radio. Now you can listen to the fantastic tunes from TJO and even purchase albums as high quality digital downloads.  

Two Exotica projects I am am very proud to have had a hand in. Check'em out!

"Leis of Jazz, Vol. 2"
Alika Lyman Group

From Hawaii, Alika Lyman comes with a heartfelt tribute to his Great Uncle Arthur Lyman. This album spans the gamut of vintage combo jazz and classic Exotica, featuring original compositions and Hawaiian standards. I am proud to have produced this album!
Ltd. Ed. colored vinyl & CD available.

"Far Away Lands: The Exotic Music of Gene Rains"

Gene Rains is the third man of mid-century Exotica, right behind Lyman and Denny.  Rains' music was almost forgotten.  I'm happy to say I helped produce this compilation containing selections from all three of Rains' LP's. Well known music chronologist Randy Poe provides extensive liner notes that also include the original LP cover art.  This CD is already sold out and in high demand!



Your host and guide through the Quiet Village.  
"Where the hell is the bar?"

(c) photo by Kari Hendler

Quiet Village Mai Tai Recipes

The mai-tai is a cornerstone of the various things that make up the Tiki asthetic.  Trader Vic's restaruant and its founder Victor Burgeron lay claim to inventing it--way back in 1944! The name Mai-Tai comes from the Tahitian phrase "Mai Tai Roa E'" which roughly translates into "The Best" or "Out of This World!"  Today, there are countless different versions of the beloved rum drink, including mine.  So for nostalgia sake, here is the original Trader Vic's recipe:

• 2 oz 17-year-old J. Wray Nephew Jamaican rum
• 1/2 oz French Garnier Orgeat
• 1/2 oz Holland DeKuyper Orange Curacao
• 1/4 oz Rock Candy Syrup
• juice from one fresh lime
Hand shake and garnish with half of the lime shell inside the drink and float a sprig of fresh mint at the edge of the glass.

Even Vic himself tinkered with the recipe over the years and goodness knows other restauranteurs reverse engineered, borrowed (cough, cough) the recipe for their own.  

My version was actually inspired by the very very boozey mai tais served at the Bali-Hai restaurant in San Diego.  I dialed theirs back a bit but I do like mine a little on the drier side, so I nixed the curacao and replaced both it and the rock candy syrup with sweet n' sour.  The result is a very satisfying, lightly drier version that retains the original flavor of the classic.

• 1 oz Appleton Estate Signature Blend rum (can substitute simple white rum)
• 1 oz Caruba Dark Rum (can sub. any dark rum)
• .75 oz fresh lime juice
• 1 oz sweet & sour
• .5 oz orgeat syrup
• splash Demerara 151 proof rum
Fill Quiet Village Mai Tai glass full of crushed ice. Set spent lime shell aside. Pour in all ingredients into glass EXCEPT Demerara rum. Pour glass contents into another glass and back into Mai Tai glass to gently mix ingredients. Throw in spent lime shell. Float splash of Demerara 151 rum on top of drink. Garnish with fresh mint sprig and maraschino cherry speared to pineapple wedge. Enjoy while listening to the Quiet Village Podcast.
A QUICK WORD ABOUT THE RUMS - I have experimented with many rums and, while I am not a product endorser, I can vouch for the fact that the BEST tasting Q.V. Mai Tai will come from using the Caruba Dark  & Appleton amber rums.  I cannot stress enough how good the drink is with THESE rums!

as if a great Mai Tai weren't enough, why not go top shelf?

• 1 oz Appleton Estate XV rum (or other quality amber rum)
• 1 oz Caruba Dark rum
• .5 oz sweet & sour
• .5 Cointreau
• .5 oz orgeat syrup
• splash Demerara 151 proof rum
• 1/2 large lime (fresh)

follow same instructions as above.


Let's face it, some people just aren't rum drinkers--and that's ok.  I love vodka drinks too.  If you are entertaining and have friends who just aren't into rum, try this recipe.  It comes out surprisingly close to the rum Mai Tai version.
• 2 oz. vodka (can also use Citron flavored vodka)
• 1 oz. Cointreau or Grand Marnier
• 1 oz. Sweet n Sour
• .5 oz Orgeat syrup
• 3/4 oz fresh lime juice (or jucie of 1/2 large lime)
• .5 oz pineapple juice (optional)

Shake with crushed ice and pour into rocks glass. Garnish with fresh mint and pineapple wedge, speared to maraschino cherry.

What is Exotica?  What is Tiki Music?

What is "Tiki Music?
There really is no genre called "Tiki Music," but rather it is a group of genres (Exotica, Hawaiian, Ultra-Lounge and others) that generally fit well into a Tiki bar or tropical environment.

What is Exotica?
Exotica is a style of music popularized in the 1950's and 1960's in America and features atmospheric music designed to set a mood of far away tropical lands such as Hawaii or the Orient. The music stereotypically features sound effects like bird calls and jungle sounds, although relatively few albums in the genre actually featured such sounds.

Martin Denny is widely considered the "Father of Exotica" for having popularized the genre in the 50's and '60s. It was the title of Denny's first album "Exotica" that the genre gets its name.

Denny, along with his percussionist Augie Colon, invented the novelty of bird calls and jungle sounds within the music. The story goes that Denny's group was performing at the Shell Bar in Waikiki, HI which contained a water feature with frogs. When the band would start, the frogs would croak. When the music stopped, so would the frogs. People thought it was part of the music and began to request the songs with the frog sounds. Soon after, Colon-- a master bird caller, began to include bird calls in the songs.

While Denny is considered the "Father of Exotica," then Les Baxter must be credited as the "Grandfather of Exotica." Baxter, a master composer and arranger with Capitol Records in the 40's and on into the 70's, is the actual composer of such Denny classics as "Quiet Village", "Left Arm of Buddha", "Taboo" just to name a few.  Baxter is credited for what is widely considered THE first Exotica release: "Ritual of the Savage" which featured exotic rhythms borrowed from Latin and African music and featured song titles that evoked far away lands.

Although the genre is typically associated with out-of-print LP's from 50 years ago, there are a small handful of modern artists recreating and reinterpreting Exotica today.

Exotica on Wikipedia

Where can I get the music I hear on the show?

The music played on the Quiet Village Podcast and on Quiet Village radio comes from my own personal collection of albums that I have accumulated over years of collecting.  In recent times, many of the albums that were once very hard to find are now available on many streaming and digital stores worldwide.  However, there is still a large amount of music that has not been reissued.  In every episode of the Quiet Village Podcast, I try to make sure I delineate between a track that I play that is or is not currently available digitally.

Why the name DigiTiki?

I am first and formost a lover of music--Exotica and many other genres.  I am also an audio engineer.  So for me, I always strive to obtain the best possible sound quality of any recording.  I know that many are in love with the nostalgia and the "warm sound" of vinyl records.  While I do love the nostalgia of the pops and clicks, it doesn't come close the clean sounds available directly from the master tapes.  If the technology existed back then as it does today, I'm confident that the artists and engineers would have recorded their music with it.  There are so many deeply technical issues with why music sounds "warm" or "harsh".  But suffice to say, I love the digitial world.  I love the possibilities it affords.  I can go to an event with literally hundreds of LPs in my pocket on a hard drive (in digital form).  It would take a small moving an full of crates to haul that many vinyl albums--and my back just isn't up for that workout.  

If it were not for digital music formats, both the Quiet Village Podcast and Quiet Village Radio would not be possible by any stretch of the imagination.   Hence, the name-- Tiki gone Digital.  DigiTiki.

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